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A Jam Band Summer In Denver

If you’re a jam band fanatic, Denver is the place to be this summer, with must-see concerts from Phish, Umphrey's McGee, Widespread Panic and many more.

Of course, the scene is nothing new here. Ever since The Grateful Dead (the original jam band) started playing the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the late 1970s, the Denver area has been a hotspot for great music and great times. This summer in The Mile High City is shaping up to be one long, strange – and fun – trip.

JAM BAND LEGENDS

Catch some of the biggest names in the jam band world under the sun and stars in Denver.

Blues Traveler / Sugar Ray / Smash Mouth / Uncle Kracker

WHEN: July 4
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison

A Fourth of July tradition! Blues Traveler has been playing Independence Day concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for more than a decade now, bringing their rootsy, harmonica-fueled jams to America's premier outdoor music venue.

Phish

WHEN: Aug. 29-31
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 8000 Victory Way, Commerce City

Denver's Dick's Sporting Goods Park has got one of the most popular jam bands in the world for three nights this summer. Phish have earned a wildly devoted following over the past 20 years, thanks to the guitar heroics of Trey Anastasio, an always-unpredictable live show and unparalleled instrumental interplay. 


GREAT MUSIC, GREAT TIMES

Even more fantastic shows to check out this summer.

Widespread Panic

WHEN: June 27-29
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
Jam fan favorites Widespread Panic return to the road - and of course, their home away from home, Red Rocks Amphitheatre for three consecutive nights. Widespread Panic holds the record for sold out performances at Red Rocks with 38 shows (three nights in 2011 sold out in seven minutes).

Umphrey's McGee

WHEN: July 5
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
Fans who have followed Umphrey's McGee for any period of time know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you're going to get and Umphrey's always delivers. The group returns in 2014 to headline Red Rocks for the fifth consecutive year.

Avett Brothers with Bob Weir & RatDog

WHEN: July 11
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
The Avett Brothers bring the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir back to Red Rocks for a concert you won't soon forget. 

Railroad Earth with Greensky Bluegrass and the Wood Brothers

WHEN: Aug. 2
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
The members of Railroad Earth aren't losing any sleep about what "kind" of music they play - they just play it. And they play it amazingly well, bringing a bluegrass feel to the jam band style. Don't miss 'em at Red Rocks!

Shakedown Street, all summer long, various locations

WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: Various locations

Not as good as the real thing - but close! Shakedown Street is one of the world's best Grateful Dead tribute bands and they call the Rocky Mountain Front Range home. You can find them jamming the night away at various venues throughout the area all summer long. 


Jam Band Hot Spots to Visit While You're In Town

If you're visiting Denver for shows this summer, don't miss out on these places to eat, drink, and hang out.

Quixote's True Blue & Sancho's Broken Arrow

Quixote's True Blue (2151 Lawrence St.) and Sancho's Broken Arrow (741 E. Colfax Ave.), two sister clubs, are ground zero for the city's jam band scene - warm, friendly spots that feature great live music virtually every night of the week. Check their respective calendars for more info.

Vine Street Tavern

1700 Vine St.
Vine Street Tavern, one of the newest and grooviest additions to Denver's microbrewery scene, is all about the Grateful Dead on the sound system, juicy burgers (or veggie burgers) and a dedication to lovingly crafted beer.

My Brother's Bar

2376 15th St.
The forefathers of the jam band movement were the Beat Generation and My Brother's Bar is a Mile High City institution known for its Beat Generation clientele - this was renowned Beats Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady's watering hole of choice in the 1950s. Today, not much has changed at My Brother's - you can still get a pint and a burger for under $10 and enjoy one of the city's coolest spots.

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